Friday, October 5, 2012

Review: A Whisper to a Scream by Karen Wojcik Berner

A Whisper to a Scream by Karen Wojcik Berner

Publisher: CreateSpace 
Pages: 267 
Format: ebook 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Ovulation detectors. Hormone surges. Anxiety-ridden dreams. This is the world in which Annie Jacobs is thrust when she and her husband John receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. A 37-year old PR executive, Annie has wanted to be a mother since she first cuddled her Baby Tenderlove at age five. She is dreading another Christmas of relatives asking when they will be hearing the pitter patter of little feet, and Uncle Joe slapping John on the back, telling him to relax and take a cruise. Lots of people get pregnant on vacation, you know.

Across town, stay-at-home mom of two, Sarah Anderson, attempts grocery shopping with a toddler intent on hurling items from the cart at passersby. She notices a box of rice heading straight for a gray-haired head. Leaping across the aisle, Sarah grabs it, saving the woman from certain doom, or at least a minor head injury. Little Alex screams at being thwarted. The unknowing octogenarian shakes her head and admonishes Sarah for not knowing how to keep her child quiet in public.

Kritters Thoughts:  Are you in a book club?  How much do you know about the people in your book club?  After reading this book, I thought I knew my fellow book clubbers really well, but after reading this book I wonder what I don't know about the women in both of my book clubs.  This is the first in a series that doesn't start but ends up centered around two women who are in a book club together.  They both are dealing with marriages that are hitting valleys in different reasons.

Some books are just good to read, but some books make you think and this one made me think a lot about the people I know and what they may have gone through in their past before we met that has shaped them to the person that I know now.  One of the women is dealing with infertility and has guilt for persuing her career first and how they may have impacted her ability to have children; I think this is such a real topic for women my age who are working on careers and not putting family first for the time being.

I think this book is a perfect read for women to realize that sometimes we don't know it all and it reminded me that maybe I don't know everything about those around me.  The next book in the series centers around another book club member and I will be reviewing the second book in the series in just a few hours.

Check out Karen's website for a contest.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel (and got it!)

Ebook 2012 Challenge: 51 out of 25

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